Engineering Accreditation in Mackay

The Bachelor of Science programs in Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Both programs regularly assess student attainment of learning outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.  This page documents ABET student learning outcomes; program criteria developed by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; program educational objectives; and student numbers in each of the programs.

Student Outcomes

Students in both programs will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Program Criteria

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration defines program criteria specific to each degree.

Students in the Geological Engineering program will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to apply mathematics including differential equations, calculus-based physics, and chemistry, to geological engineering problems
  2. proficiency in geological science topics that emphasize geologic processes and the identification of minerals and rocks
  3. the ability to visualize and solve geological problems in three and four dimensions
  4. proficiency in the engineering sciences including statics, properties/strength of materials, and geomechanics
  5. the ability to apply principles of geology, elements of geophysics, geological and engineering field methods
  6. engineering knowledge to design solutions to geological engineering problems, which will include one or more of the following considerations: the distribution of physical and chemical properties of earth materials, including surface water, ground water (hydrogeology), and fluid hydrocarbons; the effects of surface and near-surface natural processes; the impacts of construction projects; the impacts of exploration, development, and extraction of natural resources, and consequent remediation; disposal of wastes; and other activities of society on these materials and processes, as appropriate to the program objectives.

Students in the Mining Engineering program will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to apply mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and probability and statistics as applied to mining engineering problem applications
  2. fundamental knowledge in the geological sciences including characterization of mineral deposits, physical geology, structural or engineering geology, and mineral and rock identification and properties
  3. proficiency in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical circuits
  4. proficiency in engineering topics related to both surface and underground mining, including: mining methods, planning and design, ground control and rock mechanics, health and safety, environmental issues, and ventilation
  5. proficiency in additional engineering topics such as rock fragmentation, materials handling, mineral or coal processing, mine surveying, and valuation and resource/reserve estimation as appropriate to the program objectives
  6. laboratory proficiency in geologic concepts, rock mechanics, mine ventilation, and other topics appropriate to the program objectives.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Geological Engineering program will have:

  • the ability to apply engineering fundamentals in a variety of design problems and scientific investigations and clearly communicate those principles in writing and verbally
  • a solid and broad foundation in fundamental principles, both theoretical and practical, of mathematics, science, and engineering enabling them to excel in professional employment as well as in post-graduate education
  • knowledge of the larger contexts of the application of their engineering, including global, environmental, societal, and legal concerns and will be able to communicate these concepts.

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Mining Engineering program will be capable of:

  1. working in a safe, ethical, and professional manner,
  2. planning, designing and operating technically sound and safe mines in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner,
  3. excelling in a multi-disciplinary and diverse work environment at the regional, national and global level.

Bachelor of Science Enrollment and Graduation Data

The following table shows the number of students enrolled in and graduating from the Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering programs by academic year.

Academic Year

Geological Engineering Enrollment

Geological Engineering Graduates

Mining Engineering Enrollment

Mining Engineering Graduates

2018 - 2019

73

19

51

18

2017 - 2018

88

18

62

8

2016 - 2017

84

20

83

12

2015 - 2016

99

20

88

17

2014 - 2015

69

13

113

19

2013 - 2014

81

13

108

12

2012 - 2013

77

14

105

9